- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio boy who was 14 when he fatally shot a man who came to his mother’s house to buy marijuana has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The boy, now 16, had entered an Alford plea last month to charges including aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter. That means he didn’t admit guilt but conceded that prosecutors have enough evidence to get a conviction.

He was sentenced in Columbus on Thursday.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1wKihoT ) reports the teen shot 64-year-old Anthony Hines on Feb. 4, 2013, when the man came his mother’s east side home. He then took the dead man’s wallet and drove away in his car.

The boy tearfully apologized in court Thursday to the victim’s family members.

Prosecutors had asked for 28 years in prison.

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